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Improve safety of smart motorways, FTA says

FTA is calling on government to take measures to improve the safety of smart motorways, following a report by BBC Panorama, which raises concerns about the safety of smart motorways and indicates that reform may be imminent.


“FTA’s members have found these roads to be effective in producing more reliable journey times – providing a tangible benefit to the UK economy,” said Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for Road Infrastructure at FTA, “But the safety of road users must always take priority.”

He continued: “FTA welcomes suggestions of increased SOS areas and intelligent radar technology, but consistent and robust enforcement of the rules, and more public education, is what is needed to make them work, in the view of hauliers. Smart motorways can be confusing to even the most experienced drivers.

“By reforming smart motorways and ensuring drivers are comfortable with the way they work, we can ensure the UK benefits from a safer, more effective and efficient road network.”


Published On: 02/03/2020 13:23:36


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